The Designer's Guide to VHDL

The Designer's Guide to VHDL

3rd Edition - May 15, 2008

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  • Author: Peter Ashenden
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080568850
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887859

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VHDL, the IEEE standard hardware description language for describing digital electronic systems, has recently been revised. The Designer's Guide to VHDL has become a standard in the industry for learning the features of VHDL and using it to verify hardware designs. This third edition is the first comprehensive book on the market to address the new features of VHDL-2008.

Key Features

  • First comprehensive book on VHDL to incorporate all new features of VHDL-2008, the latest release of the VHDL standard
  • Helps readers get up to speed quickly with new features of the new standard
  • Presents a structured guide to the modeling facilities offered by VHDL
  • Shows how VHDL functions to help design digital systems
  • Includes extensive case studies and source code used to develop testbenches and case study examples
  • Helps readers gain maximum facility with VHDL for design of digital systems


Hardware Verification Engineers using VHDL

Table of Contents

  • 1. Fundamental Concepts
    2. Scalar Data Types and Operations
    3. Sequential Statements
    4. Composite Data Types and Operations
    5. Basic Modeling Constructs
    6. Case Study: A Pipelined Complex Multiplier Accumulator
    7. Subprograms
    8. Packages and Use Clauses
    9. Aliases
    10. External Names in Testbenches
    11. Properties and Assertion-Based Design
    12. Resolved Signals
    13. Generics
    14. Components and Configurations
    15. Generate Statements
    16. Access Types and Abstract Data Types
    17. Files and Input/Output
    18. Case Study: Queuing Networks
    19. Attributes and Groups
    20. Design for Synthesis
    21. Case Study: System Design using the Gumnut Core
    22. Miscellaneous Topics

    A. Standard Packages
    B. Related Standards
    C. VHDL Syntax
    D. Differences Among VHDL Versions
    E. Answers to Exercises

Product details

  • No. of pages: 936
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2008
  • Published: May 15, 2008
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080568850
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887859

About the Author

Peter Ashenden

Peter J. Ashenden received his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He was previously a senior lecturer in computer science and is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His research interests are computer organization and electronic design automation. Dr. Ashenden is also an independent consultant specializing in electronic design automation (EDA). He is actively involved in IEEE working groups developing VHDL standards, is the author of The Designer's Guide to VHDL and The Student's Guide to VHDL and co-editor of the Morgan Kaufmann series, Systems on Silicon. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia

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  • BerniJoss Sun May 26 2019

    Very useful for learning advanced

    Very useful for learning advanced vhdl.